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1. A state of distress, affliction, difficulty, or need: tried to console them in their trouble; got in trouble with the police.
2. A distressing or difficult circumstance or situation: I've had troubles ever since I took this job.
3. A cause or source of distress, disturbance, or difficulty: The new recruits were a trouble to him.
4. Effort, especially when inconvenient or bothersome: went to a lot of trouble to find this book.
5. A condition of pain, disease, or malfunction: heart trouble; car trouble.
a. Public unrest or disorder.
b. An instance of this; a disturbance.
c. Troubles Any of various conflicts or rebellions in Ireland or Northern Ireland, especially the period of social unrest in Northern Ireland beginning in 1969.
v. trou·bled, trou·bling, trou·bles
1. To afflict with pain or discomfort: My stomach is troubling me.
a. To cause to be anxious or worried: was troubled by the decline in sales.
b. To cause to have emotional or mental problems that interfere with social functioning: a teenager who is troubled and needs help.
3. To inconvenience; bother: May I trouble you for directions?
4. To agitate; stir up: winds troubling the waters.
To take pains: They trouble over every detail.

[Middle English, from Old French, from troubler, to trouble, from Vulgar Latin *turbulāre, alteration (influenced by Latin turbula, small group, diminutive of turba, crowd) of Late Latin turbidāre, from Latin turbidus, confused; see turbid.]

trou′bler n.
trou′bling·ly adv.
Synonyms: trouble, ail, distress, worry
These verbs mean to cause anxious uneasiness in: His behavior troubles his parents. What problems are ailing you? The bad news distressed us. Her high fever worries the doctor.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.troubler - someone who deliberately stirs up troubletroubler - someone who deliberately stirs up trouble
unwelcome person, persona non grata - a person who for some reason is not wanted or welcome
agitator, fomenter - one who agitates; a political troublemaker
disturber - a troubler who interrupts or interferes with peace and quiet; someone who causes disorder and commotion
badgerer, heckler - someone who tries to embarrass you with gibes and questions and objections
hellion, devil, heller - a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man); "he chased the young hellions out of his yard"
hellhound - a very evil man
inciter, instigant, instigator, provoker, firebrand - someone who deliberately foments trouble; "she was the instigator of their quarrel"
blusterer, loudmouth - a person who causes trouble by speaking indiscreetly
cut-up, hoaxer, practical joker, prankster, tricker, trickster - someone who plays practical jokes on others
rioter - troublemaker who participates in a violent disturbance of the peace; someone who rises up against the constituted authority
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I am no troubler of countyhouses, and least of all do I like living on a plantation that the sheriff has surveyed; yet there is a reason in such a law, that makes it a safe rule to journey by, and therefore it ar' a solemn fact that this day shall I abide by it, and give unto all and each that which is his due and no more.
From sublime to ridiculous in the space of a handful of holes summed up his opening round when a potential leaderboard troubler collapsed into one-over par.
L'Algerie, c'est le hors champ et le con- trechamp, l'ailleurs de cet ailleurs qui vient troubler et contaminer 1'ici et maintenant de 1'espace.
Dans la nature, une PRINCIPAUTE] appercevra un arsenal muny de toutes sortes d'armes necessaires pour attaquer & deffaire les cruels tyrans de nos corps, pour combattre et chasser les ennemis jurez de notre sante, qui nous viennent a chaque bout de champ dresser des embuscades, pour nous surprendre, & qui font mesme la guerre ouverte pour empieter sur nous, & troubler l'estat de nostre disposition naturelle.
Jesus appears with Moses the liberator and with Elijah, whom King Ahab called "that troubler of Israel.
Cependant, la fameuse question bonus est venue troubler leur quasi-victoire.
69) Ostracized from public office, he became a Cassandra - an annoying troubler in Commons - warning of peril when complaisance reigned and most would not see on the horizon a cloud as small as a man's hand.
revele que leur seul pouvoir veritable est de troubler les sens des humains'; is this a specific etude, and if so which?
La pluie, un public hostile et un Federer etincelant depuis qu'il avait pose pied aux Etats-Unis : rien ni personne n'ont reussi a troubler Djokovic.
Dans sa question orale, le conseiller a demande mardi dernier des explications au ministre charge des affaires generales et de la gouvernance, Mohamed el Ouafa, lequel a dementi toute augmentation des prix de l'eau et de l'electricite appelant a [beaucoup moins que]ne pas troubler les consommateurs[beaucoup plus grand que]sur ce sujet.
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